Fire and Ice

Fine vintage gold band ring with ruby & diamonds, circa 1990

Fire and ice, warmth and cold, desire and renunciation - so many moments in life only achieve their charm through the contrast with their counterpart. The band ring presented here, dating from around 1990, also achieves its special fascination from such a tension, which arises from its selected precious materials. Band rings with simply set gemstones are among the most popular pieces of jewellery, not least because they are extremely uncomplicated to wear. In their simple yet impressive form, they have remained popular since the 19th century because they do not pull threads on clothing and are pleasant companions for almost all activities. This ring is a fine example of such a piece of jewelry. An arrangement of two brilliant-cut diamonds and a red ruby is set into the band ring made of 14-karat yellow gold, without any further adornment distracting from the beauty of the stones. The ring came to us from Lake Tegernsee. Two radiant diamonds and a red ruby in gleaming gold in a ring that is uncomplicated and can be worn every day - what more could you want?

In the years around 1875, the so-called "Gypsy Ring" was introduced into the world of jewellery design as a novelty - and immediately enjoyed particular popularity because it was so uncomplicated and pleasant to wear. Such a ring consists of a solid gold hoop into which the gemstones have been set so that they are on a level with the gold of the ring. Thus, the precious setting does not interfere and the band ring nestles beautifully.

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You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.